Still Making Sense of Church: An Interview with Spencer Burke

There once were churches. Then Denominational Churches. Mainline Churches. Traditional Churches. Evangelical Churches. House Churches. After that Seeker-Sensitive Churches. Traditional Churches. Mainline Churches. Seeker-Friendly Churches. Purpose-Driven Churches. Emerging Churches. Missional Churches. Gospel-Centered Churches. Read More

Leaders Are Always Learners: 3 for 20 Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Leaders sometimes fall into various traps for failure to kill hubris. Remember the fatal flaw of the Greek Tragedies? Pride. The Sacred Text warns that it “goes before the fall.” Read More

No One Is Immune – Marty Duren On the Unthinkable

Stigmas often paralyze. Leaders must avoid fostering shame when decisions fail to measure up to expectations. The consequent environment created by making disgrace a feature of leadership may mean there is nowhere for the leader himself to turn. Read More

Learning from James MacDonald – Matthew Paul Turner Ciphers “Resignation”

Matthew Paul Turner is sharper than Jethro Bodine. I suspect even Jethro Bodine could cipher resignation as used by James MacDonald. But, he may not have been as insightful as Matthew Paul Turner,

After reading and rereading what Mr. MacDonald writes in his resignation, I can’t help but wonder if the man should actually resign. Because his words seem laced with anger, retribution, and exhaustion, and too, they seem coded in such a way that make them readable for everyone but intended for a small few. Mr. MacDonald makes a number of choices in this blog that, when gleaning between the passive aggressive lines, might offer a good bit of wisdom for those of us who work in ministry (heck, perhaps to anybody in leadership).

If that did not prompt you to click over and read the piece, then consider these four lessons Turner considers,

  1. Lesson 1: “Resignation” is not a synonym for confession

  2. Lesson 2: Passive aggressive communication is not communication, it’s manipulation, vengeance, and weak…

  3. Lesson 3: What we DON’T SAY is often just as important as what we DO SAY (sometimes more)…

  4. Lesson 4: Don’t play the blame game…

Sometimes we learn from the positive side of a story. Other times we learn from the negative side.